#1 – Click on ANY word that doesn’t quickly pop to mind. Look and listen to ‘cues’.
#2 – Try to read the word again. If still can’t, click word again. Look and listen to ‘cues’.
#3 – Repeat steps 1 and 2 until word is recognized.
Clicking any word instantly results in a pop-up help box that guides learners through the process of recognizing the specific word they clicked on. Clicking through the available levels of support, learners can see the word broken into more readable segments (where applicable), can see and hear the word’s individual letter sounds, can see and hear the word’s group-letter sounds, can see and hear an animated sounding out of the entire word, and finally, can have the word read to them.
By forcing learners to step through the initial levels of help before having the word read to them, the system focuses and guides their learning to decode (rather than short-circuiting the process by just reading the word for them). By controlling the process with their clicking, learners choose just the level of help they need to recognize the word. Once they recognize the word, the popup disappears and they continue reading right where they left off.
This ‘live on the edge of learning’ guidance not only helps learners recognize the word they clicked on, it is the most neurologically optimal way to learn to read. Rather than abstractly teaching the relationships between letters and sounds and hoping it will be later applied in the ‘live’ stream of reading, this approach supports learners while they’re in the ‘live’ stream of reading.
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